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Season 2015/2016 – Editorial
Season 2015/2016 – Editorial
A worrying phenomenon has raised its head in recent years. For decades artistic freedom and the right of artists to express themselves in morally incorrect ways have been central to our value system, but these freedoms are increasingly being questioned. Artists are again under pressure to respect the sensitivities of all social groups and consider whether the members of a given social, ethnic or religious groups might feel insulted if they are depicted on stage or in an artwork in a manner that they cannot or will not identify with.
We are of the opinion that artists are not only allowed to take this approach but also obliged to do so in certain situations – to confront people with their own prejudices, show them things they would prefer not to see, adopt stances that are morally incorrect. In our mind the relevance of art consists not least in using aesthetic means to create its own autonomous space, which allows us to see the world through different eyes, allows us, for instance, for the duration of an aria to slip into the shoes of a character whom we should actually be despising and perhaps, in the process, to discover that his feelings are not that alien to us after all.
For us, then, art is political. It takes a position on issues that affect us all and has to be permitted to unsettle and question. Have the great composers not always done that? Don’t they regularly create moving music to accompany the actions of people who are about to commit terrible deeds? Verdi’s Radames delivers his declaration of love “Celeste Aida” while waiting to be appointed commander-in-chief of the Egyptian army and wage a war that is likely to cost thousands of people their lives.
In one of the best-known arias in the history of opera Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama not only sings of the beauty of India but also declares his desire to take possession of this paradise, thereby paving the way for a century of suppression.
We believe that opera is allowed to do that. And because people are once again - and increasingly – raising the issue of the acceptable boundaries of art, we have resolved to make this political facet of opera our leitmotif for the season. Works such as VASCO DA GAMA, AIDA, SALOME and THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, all new productions by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, address political themes that can only retain their relevance for us if we use the artistic tools available to us and make the operas applicable to the present day.
Moreover, opera as political art not only forms the core of a symposium (/ read more ) to be held in the Tischlerei in November; it also permeates the photographs that we are using to present ourselves to the public this season. The documentary-style pictures of the young photographic artist Julian Röder from the “The Summits” series (/ ansehen ), which you can view in the following pages, possess the same disturbing quality that we expect from an evening at the opera. There, in an acutely aesthetic setting, idyll and violence clash, policemen relax beneath an oak tree that Caspar David Friedrich could not have captured better and rebels are transfixed by a huge pall of smoke as if an opera god were about to emerge from it.
With our long list of productions on offer this season we hope to induce our visitors not only to feel what the characters are feeling but also to engage on an intellectual level. Opera can do all that.
Cover Saisonbroschüre 2015/2016 © Julian Röder
- Vasco da GamaGiacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864) / read more
4. October, 2015AidaGiuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) / read more
22. November, 2015La Favorite / concert versionGaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) / read more
2. December, 2015SalomeRichard Strauss (1864 – 1949) / read more
24. January, 2016The Makropulos AffairLeos Janácek (1854 – 1928) / read more
19. February, 2016I Capuleti e I Montecchi / concert versionVincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) / read more
29. February, 2016Morgen und Abend / First performed in GermanyGeorg Friedrich Haas (*1953) / read more
29. April, 2016Norma / concert versionVincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) / read more
7. May, 2016The Abduction from the SeraglioWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) / read more
17. June, 2016
Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)Roméo und Juliette / read more28., 29. August, 2015
Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)Carmen / read more16., 22., 24. April; 2., 7. July, 2016
Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835)I Capuleti e i Montecchi (konzertant) / read more29. February; 3. March, 2016Norma (konzertant) / read more7., 12. May, 2016
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)Peter Grimes / read more7., 11., 18. February, 2016
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)Pelleas and Melisande / read more9., 17., 19. September, 2015
Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)La Favorite (konzertant) / read more2., 5., 8. December, 2015L'elisir d'amore / read more18., 22. December, 2015; 4., 6. March; 20., 27. May, 2016Lucia di Lammermoor / read more16., 21. October, 2015; 1., 4. May, 2016
Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953)Morgen und Abend / Deutsche Erstaufführung / read more29. April; 3., 11., 22. May, 2016
Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)The Makropulos Affair / Premiere / read more19., 25., 28. February; 27., 30. April, 2016The Cunning Little Vixen / read more17., 19., 23., 27. [2×] December, 2015
Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857 – 1919)Pagliacci / read more13., 18. September, 2015; 23., 26. March, 2016
Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945)Cavalleria rusticana / read more13., 18. September, 2015; 23., 26. March, 2016
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)Vasco da Gama / Premiere / read more4., 7., 11., 15., 18., 24. October, 2015
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more17., 22., 25., 28. June; 1., 6. July, 2016Don Giovanni / read more28. October; 1., 12. November, 2015The Marriage of Figaro / read more8., 10., 30. October, 2015The Magic Flute / read more26. September; 25. October; 13. November; 12., 29. December, 2015; 2. January; 12. February; 23. April; 15. May; 3. June; 8. July, 2016
Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)La Bohème / read more4., 9., 11., 13. [2×]., 28., 31. [2×] December, 2015Manon Lescaut / read more5., 14. November, 2015; 13., 17. March, 2016Tosca / read more21. November; 20. December, 2015; 6., 10. January; 28. March; 14. May; 9., 15. June, 2016Turandot / read more12., 20., 25., 27. September; 24., 27. November, 2015
Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)The Barber of Seville / read more26. October; 26. December, 2015; 3. January; 5., 13. February, 2016
Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)Salome / Premiere / read more24., 29. January; 3., 6. February; 2., 6. April, 2016The Egyptian Helen / read more19. March; 1., 8. April, 2016Elektra / read more3., 7. April; 23., 26. June, 2016The Love of Danae / read more12., 18. March; 9. April, 2016The Knight of the Rose / read more10., 14., 17. April, 2016
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)Aida / Premiere / read more22., 25., 28. November; 3., 6., 10. December, 2015Nabucco / read more14., 17. October, 2015; 7., 23., 30. January, 2016Rigoletto / read more25., 31. March; 24., 30. June, 2016La Traviata / read more9., 17., 22. January; 21., 27. February; 2., 6. May, 2016The Troubadour / read more28. May; 4., 8., 11., 16. June, 2016
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)Lohengrin / read more31. January; 14. February; 5., 8. May, 2016Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes / read more26. February; 5., 11. March, 2016Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg / read more31. October; 15. November, 2015; 24., 27. March, 2016Tristan and Isolde / read more5., 12., 18. June, 2016The Ring of the Nibelung - Rhinegold / read more1., 13. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)The Ring of the Nibelung - The Valkyrie / read more2., 14. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried / read more5., 15. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)The Ring of the Nibelung - Twilight of the Gods / read more9., 17. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)
In 2012 the Deutsche Oper Berlin acquired a second performance space – the Tischlerei. This venue for experimental performance at the rear of the opera house is a framework within which musical theatre can be re-imagined beyond the confines of the repertoire and large-scale operatic works. The space is given over solely to world premieres and newly created works; there are no restrictions on style and form. We are pleased to report that we now share this spirit of novelty and experimentation with numerous partners and teams from Berlin’s independent art scene. In a series of collaborations we bundle an assortment of strengths and energies to create a present-day musical theatre that is constantly defining itself afresh.
Homer’s “Odyssey”, the archetypal tale of people wandering the earth in search of themselves, is the subject of a co-production with the Theater an der Parkaue and Harriet Maria and Peter Meining, who worked for many years under the label “Norton.commander.productions”. In a collaboration with the young composer Ole Hübner, they are preparing to stage their version of the “Odyssey” as a musical theatre production for young audiences.
The Orpheus myth is another great study of the human condition that is currently providing the material for a world premiere of musical theatre. With SENSOR it is Albert Ostermeier’s poetical and multi-layered reworking of the myth that provides the textual basis for the last work of musical theatre by the composer Konrad Boehmer, who died in 2014.
The chamber opera PRIVATE VIEW by Belgian composer Annelies van Parys takes the form of a Hitchcockian whodunit in its exploration of reality and illusion. And in MIDNIGHT the New York video artist Deville Cohen and Mexican composer Hugo Morales take audiences on a musical-theatre rollercoaster ride to the 4th dimension.
Lastly, EIN STÜCK VOM HIMMEL, co-produced with the Berliner Theater o.N., takes kids aged 2 to 4 on a voyage of exploration. We hope to see you at this production and other eye-opening events, be it the interactive projects of the Young Opera section, the Tischlerei concerts or the brand new Jazz & Lyrics series!
- Die Irrfahrten des Odysseus / UraufführungMusictheatre by Ole Hübner (*1993)
for audiences aged 10 and older / read more
2., 3., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9., 11., 12., 13., 14. October;
2., 3., 4., 6. December, 2015Private View / World premiereChamber opera by Annelies Van Parys (*1975) / read more
29., 30., 31. October, 2015GoldMusical theatre by Leonard Evers (*1985)
for audiences aged 5 and older / read more
6., 10., 11., 12., 13., 16., 17., 18. November, 2015Sensor / World premiereMusical theatre by Konrad Boehmer (1941 – 2014) / read more
23., 26., 27., 28., 29. January, 2016Kannst du pfeifen, JohannaMusical theatre by Gordon Kampe (*1976)
for audiences aged 6 and older / read more
13., 14., 15., 20., 21. February, 2016Ein Stück vom Himmel / World premiereMusical theatre by Ania Michaelis (*1965)
for audiences aged 2 to 4 / read more
19., 20., 22., 23., 24., 26., 27. March, 2016Midnight / PremiereMusical theatre by Hugo Morales (*1979) & Deville Cohen (*1977) / read more
16., 18., 19., 23., 24. June, 2016
For me one of the most delightful events of last season was when the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin appeared together with the Béjart Ballet in Berlin’s Tempodrom. I had the honour of conducting parts of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony to accompany the famous choreography of Maurice Béjart. It was such a happy occasion that we all resolved to repeat the experience as part of our programme of symphony concerts. When working with the Orchestra I’m constantly being reminded of a quality rooted directly in a love of music; despite the huge demands placed upon them as they go about rehearsing and performing works of the repertoire, the players have remained open and receptive and are totally dedicated to their work, regardless of whether they are tackling a classical symphony or a contemporary piece. As an example, Aribert Reimann’s “Songs to poems by Edgar Allen Poe” was such a hit at the concert we performed for the Musikfest Berlin that we wanted to give you another chance to hear this rarely performed masterpiece. We have included it as part of a concert that we will be holding to mark the 80th birthday of Berlin’s great composer.
It goes without saying that the four great symphony concerts played in the course of a season – aside from the evenings devoted to Mahler and Reimann we also had our Mozart programme and the honour of being invited back to the Musikfest Berlin – are not nearly enough to satisfy the musicians’ curiosity for works that do not feature in the opera schedule. The Tischlerei concerts in particular, put together by the musicians themselves, are a regular opportunity for audiences to discover great works of chamber music, and I had already witnessed the enthusiasm of our singers for lieder. In our new offering, “Songs and Poets”, a collaboration with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, we now have an established forum in which to present lieder and verse. You can expect four exquisite programmes combining modern poets and exponents of the classical, romantic art song.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Special Concert / Musikfest Berlin8. September, 2015 (Philharmonie) / read more21. Grand Opera Gala in aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung7. November, 2015 / read moreSymphony Concert (Gustav Mahler)7. December, 2015 / read moreSymphony Concert (Dedicated to Aribert Reimann)22. March, 2016 / read moreSymphony Concert (Haydn, Strauss, Mozart)27. June, 2016 / read more
Jazz-ConcertsChildren's Concert of the BigBand (Ritter Rost)15. November, 2015 / read moreConcert of the BigBand (Special guest: Till Brönner)20. March, 2016 / read more21. Benefit concert: „New York – Berlin“5. April, 2016 / read more
Chamber music / Tischlerei
Paris!21. September, 2015 / read moreSpotlights9. November, 2015 / read moreEulenspiegeleien12. January, 2016 / read moreThe philosopher’s stone7. March, 2016 / read moreAcademy Concert9. May, 2016 / read moreBona nox6. June, 2016 / read more
Lieder und Dichter / Foyer
Liederabende I: Heidi Melton, Marko Mimica19. October, 2015 / read moreLiederabende II: Markus Brück18. January, 2016 / read moreLiederabende III: Heidi Stober, Simon Pauly4. April, 2016 / read moreLiederabende IV: Siobhan Stagg, Gideon Poppe, John Chest17. May, 2016 / read more
Jazz & Lyrics / Tischlerei
„Movie-Jazz“18. October, 2015 / read moreSwanee-River31. January, 2016 / read more„Jazz in the City“28. February, 2016 / read more„Let’s get Lost“ Chet Baker24. April, 2016 / read moreMotown – and the Record12. June, 2016 / read more
Jazz & Breakfast / Restaurant Deutsche Oper
Ballads and Blues – Back to the roots4. October, 2015 / read moreThe Sax Scandal – A Tribute to Sonny Rollins1. November, 2015 / read moreSwingin’ in the rain – Musical-Jazz and more6. December, 2015 / read moreEins und eins, das macht … The jazzy side of Hilde7. February, 2016 / read moreMonk’s mood – Triologic plus one6. March, 2016 / read moreBreakfast with Bob – Discovering Bob Brookmeyer3. April, 2016 / read moreSoul Sunday – The color of Gospel and Soul1. May, 2016 / read more
Conductors, Stage-Directors, Interpreters
Cavalleria rusticana – 13., 18. September, 2015
Daniela Barcellona will be singing the part of Santuzza.
The Barber of Seville – 26. October, 2015; 5., 13. February, 2016
Noel Bouley will be singing the part of Bartolo.
La Bohème . 31. December, 2015 [15.00 h]
Atalla Ayan will be singing the part of Rodolfo.
The Elixir of Love – 18., 22. December, 2015; 20., 27. May, 2016
Seth Carico will be singing the part of Dulcamara.
La Traviata – 17. January, 2016
Vincenzo Costanzo will be singing the part of Alfredo Germont.
Carmen – 16., 22., 24. April, 2016
Brian Jagde will be singing the part of Don José.
Axel Kober / Andrew Litton / Enrique Mazzola / Kevin McCutcheon / Stefano Ranzani / Ivan Repusic / Roberto Rizzi Brignoli / Evan Rogister / Donald Runnicles / Ulf Schirmer / Etienne Siebens / William Spaulding / Peter Valentovic / Duncan Ward [Gastspiel] / Sebastian Weigle
David Alden / Boleslaw Barlog / Peter Beauvais / Jan Bosse / Irina Brook / Deville Cohen / Tom Creed / Gilbert Deflo / Lorenzo Fioroni / Götz Friedrich / Rodrigo García / Claus Guth / Kirsten Harms / David Hermann / Kasper Holten / Annechien Koerselman / Günter Krämer /
Mara Kurotschka / Marco Arturo Marelli / Harriet Maria / Peter Meining / Ania Michaelis / Sonja Nemirova / Vera Nemirova / Hans Neuenfels / Gerlinde Pelkowski / Benedikt von Peter / David Pountney / Filippo Sanjust / Søren Schuhmacher / Roland Schwab / Peter Sellars [Gastspiel] / Verena Stoiber / Philipp Stölzl / Katharina Thalbach / Graham Vick / Sasha Waltz / Keith Warner
Soprano, Mezzosoprano, Alto
Soprano, Mezzosoprano, Alto
Laura Aikin / Norah Amsellem / Daniela Barcellona / Olga Bezsmertna / Julia Bullock / Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet / Diana Damrau / Joyce DiDonato / Oksana Dyka / Adriana Ferfezka / Aurelia Florian / Catherine Foster / Sonia Ganassi / Elina Garanca / Carmen Giannattasio / Venera Gimadieva / Olesya Golovneva / Erika Grimaldi / Edita Gruberova / Ekaterina Gubanova / Anja Harteros / Nicole Haslett / Hui He / Evelyn Herlitzius / Judith Howarth / Alexandra Hutton / Elbenita Kajtazi / Michaela Kaune / Sophie Koch / Elisabeth Kulman / Jana Kurucová / Stephanie Lauricella / Kathryn Lewek / Rebecca Jo Loeb / Irina Lungu /
Nino Machaidze / Clementine Margaine / Fionnuala McCarthy / Angela Meade / Waltraud Meier / Heidi Melton / Ricarda Merbeth / Ekaterina Metlova / Dana Beth Miller / Ronnita Miller / Nina Minasyan / Francesca Mondanaro / Elena Mosuc / Catherine Naglestad / Olga Peretyatko / Adrianne Pieczonka / Sondra Radvanovsky / Rebecca Raffell / Helena Rasker / Irene Roberts / Hulkar Sabirova / Annika Schlicht / Nadine Secunde / Tatiana Serjan / Christina Sidak / Daniela Sindram / Anna Smirnova / Doris Soffel / Siobhan Stagg / Nina Stemme / Heidi Stober / Erika Sunnegardh / Elena Tsallagova / Manuela Uhl / Sarah Wegener / Martina Welschenbach / Rachel Willis-Sorensen / Pretty Yende / Guanqun Yu
Tenore, Baritono, Basso, Actors
Tenore, Baritono, Basso, Actors
Michael Adams / Roberto Alagna / Celso Albelo / Roberto Aronica / Atalla Ayan / Giorgio Berrugi / Clemens Bieber / Thomas Blondelle / Alexei Botnarciuc / Noel Bouley / Klaus Maria Brandauer [Schauspieler] / Stephen Bronk / Markus Brück / Leonardo Caimi / Joseph Calleja / Marco Caria / Seth Carico / John Chest / Vincenzo Costanzo / José Cura / Mark Delavan / Sunnyboy Dladla / Etienne Dupuis / Ladislav Elgr / Bastiaan Everink / Paolo Fanale / George Gagnidze / Lucio Gallo / Vladimir Galouzine / Martin Gerke / Massimo Giordano / Attilio Glaser / Stephen Gould / Günther Groissböck / Thomas Hampson / Andrew Harris / Will Hartmann / Bryan Hymel / Teodor Ilincai / Brian Jagde / Dalibor Jenis /
Ante Jerkunica / Ismael Jordi / Yosep Kang / Paul Kaufmann / Tobias Kehrer / Torsten Kerl / Alfred Kim / James Kryshak / Stefano La Colla / Dong-Hwan Lee / Thomas Lehman / Jorge de Leon / Liang Li / Simon Lim / Davide Luciano / Ambrogio Maestri / Peter Maus / Thomas Johannes Mayer / Marko Mimica / Levente Molnar / Simon Neal / Matthew Newlin / Leo Nucci / Simon Pauly / Albert Pesendorfer / Saimir Pirgu / Christoph Pohl / Gideon Poppe / Gaston Rivero / Stephan Rügamer / Luca Salsi / Fabio Sartori / Jörg Schörner / Alessandro Scotto di Luzio / Florian Sempey / Roy Cornelius Smith / Falk Struckmann / Nicolas Testé / Russell Thomas / Burkhard Ulrich / Carlo Ventre / Christopher Ventris/ Stefan Vinke / Klaus Florian Vogt / Michael Volle / Josef Wagner / Michael Weinius / Derek Welton / Samuel Youn / Álvaro Zambrano / Heinz Zednik